Worn Wheel Bearings.
At first glance car wheels look so simple, surely there can’t be much to fail? But actually, plenty can go wrong, from incorrect balancing to worn or even broken wheel bearings. It’s often very difficult to figure out what is and isn’t wheel bearing trouble but there are some giveaway signs.
How do you know you’ve got a worn wheel bearing?
Although every wheel has bearings, it’s extremely unlikely they will all fail at once. Due to road conditions, how you drive and vehicle weight loads, the chances are, one will wear out before the others. There are several tell-tale clues that this has happened and it’s recommended you seek the assistance of a local garage as quickly as possible.
An early sign is abnormal tyre wear on one wheel but you might also identify an unusual noise, so listen out for a grinding sound that happens whenever the wheels are turning. You might even feel a vibration through the steering as the wheel with the worn bearing moves from side to side slightly on the hub.
Are worn wheel bearings dangerous?
The simple answer is yes. You may not notice a worn bearing and if you do, it might just be vaguely irritating. But if it fails, the wheel could seize and depending on your speed or the driving conditions you might lose control of the car.
If you’re in any doubt, then please make an appointment and bring your vehicle to one of our Reliance Bicester professional technicians. Saftey First!
How do wheel bearings function and what could happen if they fail?
Bearings are a crucial part of every wheel, allowing the hub that the wheel is mounted upon to turn freely. In the same way, your child’s inline skates operate, your vehicles wheel bearings are pretty much the same thing.
Imagine a pair of different diameter metal rings, one inside the other, with a series of ball bearings sitting snugly between them and you’ve pretty much got it. The wheel is attached to these bearings which help it to spin perfectly round on the axle.
However, bearings lead a hard life and are therefore very susceptible to general wear and tear, corrosion etc. Wheel bearings take a pounding when a car goes along a rough road, especially when you consider all the pothole impacts they now have to contend with.
They get water in them when it’s raining or you go through a deep puddle. Plus, if your wheels aren’t balanced properly, it’s the bearings that bear the brunt from that constant uneven rotation.
The repair and how much it costs depends on which axle the bearing is on and of course the make and model of your vehicle. But it requires removing the brakes and partially taking the wheel hub and axle apart, so it’s not a quick fix.
That said, if you have concerns, it’s imperative for your safety and that of other road users you at least have your wheel bearing inspected. Don’t delay, simply contact us by calling 01869 320032 and our qualified technicians will happily complete an inspection and health check.
Additionally, regular routine servicing and brake checks are crucial for increasing your vehicles longevity and maximising its performance. Not only does it work to rectify any current wear and tear in your vehicle, but it also effectively aids in preventing further damage from presenting itself in the future.
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